Auto Tech

Keeping a vehicle on the road requires expert attention. There is a science to vehicle repair. Are you ready to look under the hood?

Pathway Description

The automotive technology pathway prepares students for entry-level employment opportunities as automotive technicians at car dealerships, independent automotive shops, service centers, and fleet maintenance departments.

Key Competencies

  • Develop an understanding of small engine repair, welding, safety, and tool identification

  • Learn to identify parts of a vehicle, properly lift vehicles, change oil, mount tires, repair tires, properly use of a tire machine, balance tires, measure fluids used in and on a vehicle, and test the battery, alternator, and starter

  • Become competent in engine components and disassembly, block service, re-assembly, etc.

  • Learn to inspect the drum and disc brake, measure the drum diameter and rotor thickness, and repair the disc brake, drum brake repair, brake line, and parking brake

  • Build skill competence to diagnose and service batteries, starters, charging system, lighting systems, and basic electrical principles


View the High School Course Guide for an in-depth look at the courses outlined below.

High School Credits:

9000     Industrial Arts Technology (2)
9022     Power Mechanics (2)
96E4     Intro to Auto Tech (2)
9697     Auto Electricity/Electronics (2)
96B4    Auto Engine Repair (2)
9698    Automotive Electrical Systems (2)

Total College Credits: 12


Annual National Average Salary: $46,000

Career Opportunities

  • Maintenance and Repair Worker

  • Supervisors of Mechanics

  • Auto Engineering Technicians

  • Tire Repairers/Changers

  • Electrical/Electronics Installers

  • Automotive Specialty Technicians

  • Equipment and Systems Inspectors